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An art show showing watercolors OF the path ON the path

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"Take a Second Look at Turkey Creek Streamway Path"
A unique, weekend, outdoor art show by Mark Manning

A showing of watercolors
displayed in the actual vantages along the path
from which they were painted.

Saturday, September 30, 2000
Sunday, October 1, 2000

  On the Turkey Creek Streamway Park path
between 67th and 75th in Merriam, Kansas

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Come walk the path,
revel in the beauty of the
surroundings of the Turkey Creek Streamway Park,
commune with other peaceful and interesting people,
and drink in the pleasures of Mark Manning's watercolors.

Mark Manning, of Merriam, Kansas, will exhibit several dozen of his watercolors on September 30 and October 1, 2000.  The pieces -- of landscapes, flowers, birds and other scenes of nature -- will be exhibited on the very nature path from which they were inspired.

They're all framed, and they're all for sale.

You can take a leisurely walk (wear walking shoes and comfortable clothing) on this most excellent of nature paths whenever you want, of course, but only on this special weekend can you see it decorated with special art.

A golf cart and driver will be available, and we will do our best to accommodate any elderly or disabled person who has difficulty walking.

Only this special weekend can you stroll from artwork to artwork mounted along the actual Turkey Creek path in the actual spots from which they were painted, all painted by an aficionado, and all for sale.

Only this special weekend can you see a landscape interpreted in watercolor hung on an easel or even a tree in just the right place . . . then shift your gaze and see the actual nature in real life.

The art exhibit will be spread out along the 1.2 miles of the paved path, from 67th Street to 75th Street in Merriam, Kansas, that is part of the Turkey Creek Streamway Park project.

In addition to the art you can enjoy a fine early fall day walking among the trees and viewing the creek (and the "Waterfall" painting above) and observing all the exquisite nature and watching all the other people there.  But there's more . . .


Entertainment and Events

If you know Mark Manning you will not be surprised that he wants to show you not only his art but also a lot more along the path on this special weekend.  There will be entertainment and events both days, and all of it is free.  Please go to the Map page for details.

  • Saturday: Operation WildLife
  • Saturday: Lane Lambert, Celtic folk harpist
  • Saturday and Sunday: Neal Manning, Irish folk singer
  • Sunday: O'Riada Academy of Irish Dance
  • Sunday: Lou Bartholome, singer
  • Sunday: a proclamation by Merriam Mayor Irene French
  • Sunday: Jim Curley, mountain dulcimer player

The Map page shows more information.


How To Encourage Your Young Child's Interest in Art

The children can meander and play along the path, ponder the art, and then sit down at a table at the Butterfly Garden Entrance (the one at 67th Street), where paper and markers will be supplied.

They'll be encouraged to draw their own nature picture, or the youngest children may prefer to color within the lines of a special drawing by the artist.  Mark, who is also a professional art instructor, will roll by every so often to offer tips and advice.


And in case you get hungry or thirsty for more . . .

. . . complimentary finger foods and apple cider will be available.


Mark Mark's art show on your calendar right now,
and invite your friends.  Make a day or two of it.

2000 Mark Manning


How To Navigate this Site

Under this Home page are only four others:

Bio Info about the artist
More samples A few more examples of Mark Manning's work that will appear at the show
Map How and when to get to the art show

Plus the most up-to-date Entertainment and Events schedule.
Sponsors Whom to feel good about

The top of every page shows a navigation bar to help keep you situated.

Merriam is 50

The "Take a Second Look at Turkey Creek Streamway Path" art show by Mark Manning is part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the City of Merriam..

The Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Merriam was instrumental in producing this show.  Mark would like to especially thank Parks and Recreation Director Susan Hayden and Events Coordinator Tim Murphy for their enthusiastic support and the sharing of their wisdom and expertise in putting on an event of this scale.


The Mark Manning Art Show is a KC150 calendar event.

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Birder Beanie

As many of you who walk the Turkey Creek Streamway Park path already know, Mark is an avid birder.  Because he's partly paralyzed, he found it difficult to use the birder's one essential tool, which is a pair of binoculars . . .

. . . until he devised a method of attaching a small pair of binoculars to a baseball cap that allows him to flip the binos down for use and flip them up when they're not needed.   You can learn more about the simple yet elegant Birder Beanie.

Mark would like to thank the webmaster for putting this site together.  Mark says, "I encourage you to visit Johnny's Web site for hours of entertainment.   I guarantee you will not be disappointed."


NOTE: The samples of Mark Manning's watercolors on this Web site are, of course, not rendered completely accurately.  The limitations of scanners and monitors and your patience while wating for a download to finish mean that these online images of Mark's watercolors are imperfect compared to the originals.

Come see how much better they are in real life at the path -- the perfect place to see them -- throughout the weekend of September 30th.


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September 30 and October 1, 2000   --  On the path between 67th and 75th in Merriam, Kansas